The List of Active Anti-Aging Ingredients

Knowledge is power. Below is THE list of active ingredients to look for in anti-aging skin care products. Each of these have clinical and/or scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness.  I personally use each and every one of these – staggered strategically throughout the day and throughout the week.

Retin A or Renova (or over the counter Retinol if can’t get Retin A – which is available in the US only by prescription) – a powerful anti-oxidant. It causes more rapid turnover of new and fresh skin cells so that skin is continuously renewed more rapidly than it would without the treatment. By far the most potent topical anti-aging treatment available.

Matrixyl 3000 – a combination of peptides that reduce facial muscle contraction that causes wrinkle formation (similar to, but milder than botox), but also can nearly double the amount of the protein collagen in our skin, which is necessary to give skin elasticity

Ubiquinone – a powerful anti-oxidant, naturally produced in the body, but decreases significantly as we age. It reduces lines and wrinkles and educes a reduction of roughness and dryness.

Vitamin C – an anti-aging superstar. It is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage – free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. It also has been proven to reverse DNA damage. Furthermore, when used in combination with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid, in specific measure, there is a multiple boost of the effects of Vitamin C. These pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provide meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress (base damage to cells) in skin and is useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.

Glycolic Acid – An Alpha Hydroxy Acid with the smallest molecule and therefore the greatest skin penetration, glycolic acid deeply exfoliates to remove skin that is dry, coarse, or dead, revealing fresh new skin. It also promotes the production of collagen for firmer, more youthful skin.

Niacinamide – a vitamin that, when applied topically, has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

This is not an exhaustive list of anti-aging instruments, but these actually do have reparative properties – turning back the clock so to speak. Many of these also double as having protective powers. In a further posts, over the next few days, I will be going into more detail, as well as presenting other anti-aging agents and why they are helpful in creating a more youthful appearance.



Beautiful, Youthful Skin

Hello gorgeous. You want to be as beautiful as you can be, right? I know I do. The stark truth is – you need your skin to look as beautiful and youthful possible to look your best. There is no getting around it – especially as we get older. Dry skin, wrinkles and fine lines are the sign of neglected skin. The best way to keep your skin beautiful and young looking is to take care of it to the highest level possible.  This means your skin care routine has to become a ritual. Having gorgeous young skin for the long haul requires scrupulous daily care.

I want to look great regardless of my age – and I have the knowledge and tools to do it. I’ve been studying skincare for 30 years, so I know what truly works. I am on top of the newest anti-aging agents and know how and when to use them and in which order and combinations. I perform my skincare routine obsessively and have my entire adult life. I know it works because I get lots of compliments on my skin.

So I’m eager to share this bank of knowledge with my friends – not keep it to myself.  It is never too late to start turning the clock back and enjoy your best-looking skin.

Here is an outline of my morning drill: In the morning I gently cleanse my face (including my neck and decollate). Next I apply serums and creams with very specific ingredients in a deliberate order. I always always always top it off with a good sunscreen. . In previous blogs I have explained some of the nuts and bolts of my skin care routine. Check these out for more details. I will continue to add information in the future.

Make a commitment to yourself today to take the utmost care of your skin. If you do nothing else today please add a high-quality moisturizer to your morning and evening routine. Infusing your skin with moisture will have an immediate dramatic affect. The real secret is applying a cream or lotion that have Hyaluronic Acid and at least one of these: Dimethicone, Cocoa Butter, Mango or Shea Butters, or Mineral Oil in the ingredients list.

Hyaluronic Acid is a powerhouse humectant (water carrying molecule) small enough to penetrate you’re skin’s first layers and bring moisture in with it – plumping your skin so that lines and wrinkles fade and disappear.

Dimethicone, Cocoa Butter, Mango or Shea Butters, or Mineral Oil, called occlusors, are agents which  form a barrier on your skin that keep moisture in your skin, and keep pollutants out.

The combination of these ingredients in any one moisturizer is a huge shot of beauty for your skin. Start it TODAY.

Excellent over-the-counter moisturizers with this combination of ingredients are:  Cera Ve Moisturizing Cream; Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream Moisturizer; and Clinique Moisture Surge™ Extended Surge Extended Thirst Relief




My Anti-Aging Skincare Regime Continued

After the vitamin c hyaluronic acid serum I metnioned in my previous post, I smooth on another serum. As you know, I only use products with active ingredients scientifically proven effective to obtain more youthful skin. This next serum contains: matrixyl, niacinamide, ubiquinone, argireline, and skin-identical ceramides. There is also some hyaluronic acid in this serum for extra moisture.
Matrixyl is a combination of peptides which stimulate the skin to produce more of its own collagen. A peer-reviewed scientific study has shown that matryxil, doubles levels of collagen in the skin and significantly reduces wrinkles as well as skin roughness.

Niacinamide is a vitamin/antioxidant that is a very effective skin restoring ingredient. In peer-reviewed scientific studies, niacinamide was found to also stimulate collagen, and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles hyperpigmentation spots, texture, and red blotches.

Ubiquinone (also known as CoQ10) is a powerful anti-oxidant, naturally produced in the body, but decreases significantly as we age. In clinical studies this ingredient, when applied topically, resulted in 72% of people using it reporting a reduction in lines and wrinkles, 78% reporting a reduction of roughness and dryness and 94% reporting an improvement in softness and smoothness.

Argireline is a peptide that is a fragment of substrate of Botox. When applied as a solution to specific areas of the face, argireline inhibits the reactions that cause muscles to move or contract – similar to the effects of Botox in inhibiting frown lines, crow’s feet, etc.

Finally, ceramides make up about 40% of the barrier of our skin’s outermost layer which keeps skin hydrated. The skin must remain well hydrated in order to stay youthful and healthy. Replenishing ceramides ensures skin has an ample supply to avoid dryness and damage.

As I said, I have done my research combing the multitude of products and ingredients that make grand promises, to find the ones that truly have proof behind the claims. This serum is a heavyweight in my anti-aging skin care routine and one I never go without.

Beauty takes intelligence, know-how, discipline, and a little luck.

Discover your magnificence. If you don’t think you are magnificent then you are wrong. Confidence is beautiful. Poise is beautiful. Intelligence is beautiful. Yes, you have heard the rhetoric before, but it is true, and on my site I will show exactly what I mean by confidence, poise and intelligence, and how to achieve them. You will notice remarkable results almost immediately.

Of course I will also be dishing about great cosmetics, skin and hair care products that REALLY WORK – and greatly help you look good on the outside.

Next post, I will share my morning skin routine. I have been told that I have great skin – and I do have a meticulous skincare regime based on science – and on the tried and true components. Until then. . .

Stay healthy and beautiful.